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Historic New York City Directories - A List


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Posted 06 December 2017 - 19:16

I've compiled a list of all of the directories for New York City and surrounding environs and put them on my blog. Once you get past the 1840's, you have a lot more consistent coverage. 

 

I draw upon four main sources: 

1. New York Public Library collection

2. Google Books

3. Internet Archive

4. A set of direct PDF links from latinamericanstudies.org. 

5. The Brooklyn Public Library's online collection of Brooklyn directories. 

 

Using city directories can be extremely useful when you have a name but not a business, or if you're trying to figure out if Person X was still a partner with Person Y on this date. 

 

The directories stretch from 1786, and I take it up to 1910 since I'm primarily interested in steel pens. 

 

The full link is: https://thesteelpen.com/2017/11/15/research-resources-new-york-city/ 

 

If anyone has a link I haven't included or knows of an online archive I can add, let me know. 

 

Thanks!

Andrew


Check out my Steel Pen Blog. https://thesteelpen.com/ . 

 

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